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School System to Receive Recognition for Character Education Disclipline Committee

Release Date: 7/2/2008 1:39:41 PM

Carroll County Public Schools has been selected to receive an award for the continuing efforts of the Character Education Discipline Committee from the Character Education Partnership (CEP). Carroll is one of approximately 130 schools and districts from the United States, Canada, and Mexico to receive 153 awards for “Promising Practices” in character education.

The Character Education Partnership gives these annual awards for unique and specific exemplary practices that encourage the ethical, social, and academic growth of K-12 students through character education. CEP hopes to recognize educators for their efforts and to encourage others to learn from and even replicate these successful initiatives. Winning practices included creative ways to engage parents and community members, encourage student voice and leadership, and offer students opportunities to serve others.

Carroll County Public Schools is being recognized for the ongoing efforts of the Character Education/Discipline Committee. This committee is comprised of a unique group of educators and administrators from elementary, middle, and high schools across the county. The committee comes together several times throughout the year to discuss data, share best practices, and practice character education initiatives. The vision of the committee is to promote the integration of character education and effective discipline practices into curriculum and instruction in order to have a positive impact on student achievement and promote positive citizenship.

According to Judy Klinger, Supervisor of Guidance, “We are honored and proud to be the recipient of the Promising Practices Award. The efforts of the Character Education Discipline Committee have been instrumental in impacting school culture and creating positive learning environments for all students in Carroll County Public Schools.”

The school system will receive the award at the 15th Annual National Forum on Character Education to be held October 17-19, 2008, in Arlington, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C. In addition, all winning practices will be featured in CEP's annual National Schools of Character publication and on the CEP website, www.character.org.

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